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Defence Connect Podcast Network

May 6, 2021

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, senator for Victoria and chair of the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security James Paterson discusses the importance of building national resilience amid growing security risks.

Senator Paterson begins by outlining his responsibilities as chair of the joint committee on intelligence and security and the role he plays in informing defence and foreign policy.

The senator explains why the conversation around national resilience has become “mainstream”, and notes the importance of better informing the broader community about emerging security challenges.

He then discusses the future of the Indo-Pacific, and weighs in on the likelihood of kinetic confrontation with China.

Senator Paterson goes on to highlight the importance of Australia’s regional and international alliances with specific reference to the evolution of the Quad.

Finally, Senator Paterson discusses the federal government’s proposal to introduce new critical infrastructure legislation, designed to ensure businesses that are “systemically important” receive the assistance they need to counter foreign threats.

Enjoy the podcast,
The Defence Connect team